What is VESA ClearMR?

The ClearMR compliance test specification is the Video Electronics Standards Association’s (VESA) latest, open-source benchmark for LCD and emissive display products. Launched in 2022, ClearMR provides a metric for assessing motion blur in digital display products such as monitors, laptops, tablets, TVs, all-in-ones, and other computers with embedded display panels. 

Breakdown of ClearMR Tiers by CMR Range

Products are categorized into 11 ClearMR performance tiers ranging from ClearMR 3000 to ClearMR 13000 based on their test pattern performance on high-speed cameras, where the ratio of clear pixels to blurry pixels are measured to determine the product’s Clear Motion Ratio (CMR) metric. 

For example, a ClearMR 3000 monitor will have 25 to 35 times or 2500 to 3500 percent more clear pixels than blurry pixels. Incidentally, ClearMR 3000 is the minimum specification requirement for gaming and video rendering display. 

High performance tiers of ClearMR 10000 to ClearMR 13000 were added in December 2022 to account for superior displays. As technology progresses, further tiers may be added to account for display panels with even greater motion clarity and capacity.

Updated list of VESA ClearMR Tiers according to CMR Range_4 additional high performance tiers ClearMR 10000 to ClearMR 13000

ClearMR test items at Granite River Labs

As a VESA approved ATC, GRL offers end-to-end VESA ClearMR certification services for all LCD and emissive display products. Test items include:

  • CMR
  • Coefficient of Variation
  • Overdrive / Undershoot
  • Luminance Degradation

Other related VESA-approved testing services such as DisplayPort certification, Adaptive-Sync certification, and DisplayHDR certification are also available at any GRL lab. 

Click on the button below to reach out for any certification related enquiry or to schedule your next VESA ClearMR certification testing appointment.

An overview of VESA ClearMR certification

 

Who are the Video Electronics Standards Association?

VESA is a technical standards organization for computer display standards formed by over 325 international corporate member companies. Board members develop a wide range of open-source standards for consumer electronics such as VESA ClearMR and VESA AdaptiveSync.

 

Why VESA ClearMR certification?

The VESA ClearMR certification logo program is designed to correct the flaws of current methods such as Motion Picture Response Time (MPRT), which are purely time-based metrics that cannot account for image enhancement and blur mitigation techniques. VESA Certified ClearMR products are meant to provide consumers with a more accurate standard of motion blur quality by limiting enhancement techniques during testing.

VESA ClearMR test process

 

Step 1

Only VESA members are allowed to participate in tests under the VESA ClearMR certification program. If your organization is not included in the list of member companies, you may obtain the documents for VESA Membership & Task Group Application here.

 

Step 2

Contact GRL’s lab associates and make arrangements to send your LCD and emissive display hardware to one of GRL’s VESA ATCs located at Silicon Valley, Taipei, Bangalore, Yokohama, Shanghai, Dongguan, Germany, South Korea, and Belgium. 

 

Step 3

Our lab technicians will notify you of the results once tests are complete.

VESA ClearMR test instruments and items

Apart from the aforementioned test items (CMR, coefficient of variation, overdrive / undershoot, and luminance degradation), GRL labs also provides instruments for Vesa AdaptiveSync pre-tests, certification test, self-test, as well as consultancy services to prepare our clients for certification.

VESA ClearMR FAQ

1. What types of products can be certified under VESA ClearMR?

All LCD and emissive display products may qualify for ClearMR certification as long as they meet the minimum CMR requirement. This includes TVs, monitors, laptops, notebooks, tablets, all-in-ones, and automotive displays.

2. Is the ClearMR certification limited to gaming products only?

The ClearMR certification helps users compare motion-induced blur between emissive display products, which is a significant display performance factor that consumers in the gaming industry look out for. However, the ClearMR standard can apply to any display that involves fast motion graphics, such as action movies and live video streaming.

3. Why get ClearMR certified when there are traditional G2G and MPRT specs?

While specifications like GtG (gray-to-gray) response time and MPRT have been traditionally used to measure motion clarity, these metrics do not provide customers with the full picture on actual display panel performance.

GtG measures the time it takes to switch from one shade of gray to another, while MPRT measures the length of time which a pixel lingers on screen before it disappears. Both measurements only account for 10% to 90% of transition time, and can be easily manipulated through motion enhancement techniques like Black Frame Insertion (BFI), overclocking, frame rate interpolation, and more. 

4. What conditions are ClearMR products tested under?

To create a level test playing field, VESA ClearMR certification tests are conducted at ambient room temperatures between 72.5°F to 76°F (22.5°C to 24.5°C). If available, backlight strobing is disabled. Products are also set to default settings, native resolution, and max refresh rate. Finally, colorimeters are used in conjunction with high-speed digital cameras to verify pattern luminance across all colors across the spectrum.